'To commit crimes against women'? Congress mocks BJP over goof-up in manifesto

Demonetisation was for national interest not for political gains PM Modi

Stressing that the party which had failed to fulfil the promises made in 2014 had no moral right to release a fresh manifesto, BSP president Mayawati on Monday said the BJP ought to have issued an action-taken report instead.

With the manifesto tagline "Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat", the BJP promised to deliver on 75 promises by the 75th year of Independence in 2022 and pave the way for making India a developed nation by 2047 - the 100th anniversary of Independence.

The BJP has consistently advocated an end to occupied Kashmir's special constitutional status, which prevents outsiders from buying property there, arguing that such laws have hindered its "integration" with the rest of India.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said while the Congress manifesto had a picture of people on its cover page, the BJP document had only Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture which reflected the difference in priorities of the two parties.

"We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state", the party's manifesto said.

Referring to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik's statement that there was no threat to Article 370 in the state, Abdullah said that the BJP should send him a copy of its manifesto.

Surveys suggest the BJP is the front-runner going into the election, although some have said it could lose the clear majority it won five years ago.

The party also pledged to simplify the goods and services tax, which disrupted businesses and hurt economic growth when Modi introduced it in 2017.

But the model code of conduct has became a joke, said Tarun Kumar, an official of the main opposition Congress party, because NaMO TV, a recently launched television channel that broadcasts Modi's rallies live, as well as promotional material for the ruling party, was still on air, despite complaints.

"The BJP's 2019 manifesto violates guidelines of the Election commission".

Heaping praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader and Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi on Sunday said that no Prime Minister has glorified India like Modi, including those who were from his family.

Voters will elect 543 of 545 MPs to India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

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